Xbox One launch title Forza Motorsport 5 will need a one time internet connection when booted up for the first time. This is required in order to download tracks, cars and Drivatar data that won’t be on disc.
Turn 10 Studios head Dan Greenawalt explained to IGN, “So when you first boot up the game, we’re going to ask you to log in, and when you log in you’re going to get the Drivatars and you’re also going to get a whole bunch of content: tracks and cars.
Our production schedule is such that we are putting them in as late as possible and that means making them free as downloadable content on Day One.”
A reason behind this could be the fact that they had less time to finish the game, as most games go gold months before their release. Dan further explains, “[But] that is required content to play the game. We basically have designed the game to work with all that content no matter how late is coming in, in order to make the biggest game possible.”
He even went on to compare the game to a refrigerator. “You have to fill it up with food the first time,” he explained. “And from then on, you connect whenever you want when you want to update your food. The Drivatars are as fresh as they are. It’s not like they’re going to degrade, but when you’re looking for new stuff – fresh stuff, it’s going to keep evolving. That’s the nature of this Drivatar system.”
So in short, the entire game won’t be on disc. For the complete experience, gamers will have to download the rest from Xbox Live.